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26 Jul
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Six things more likely than Arsenal winning the Premier League in 2019/20, including Aliens at Area 51 and Donald Trump converting to Scientology

24 Jul

Arsenal fans may be forgiven as though they are in a real state of flux at this very moment in time.

After 22 years of Arsene Wenger at the helm, the Frenchman finally departed last summer and made way for Unai Emery.

Charming and with a proven winning pedigree, Gunners fans started to believe all the anti-Wenger protests and chants had finally paid off.

Arsenal fans have not had a lot to cheer about in recent years
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After an incredible 22-game unbeaten run, Arsenal were comfortably sitting in the Champions League places.

But the wheels slowly but surely began to come off and, despite reaching the Europa League final, Emery could not achieve Champions League qualification.

Financially, this has hit the Gunners hard and may have even affected the Spaniard’s transfer budget or the upcoming season – reports suggesting the former Sevilla boss has just £45million to spend.

And while the club are having a decent pre-season it’s not done much for their title hopes.

More than one million people want to storm Area 51 in Nevada and those people apparently have 10 times more chance of actually finding an alien than Arsenal do winning the Premier League.

According to PaddyPower, the odds of finding an alien are just 5/1 as opposed to 50/1 to see Mesut Ozil and co. win the league.

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Around 1.2 million people have clicked ‘Attending’ on a Facebook group called ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us‘ and it seems one bookmaker believes there is more chance of spotting extra-terrestrial activity than Arsenal ending their 15-year wait to lift the Premier League trophy.

Last season, the north Londoners finished in fifth position, some 28 points off winners Manchester City. But here at talkSPORT.com, we weren’t necessarily desperate to pack our bags and head to Nevada in the hope of finding alien life,.

However, we have done some extensive research to find five equally unlikely and bizarre things more likely than Arsenal winning the Premier League. Scroll down to see six of the best.

6) Theresa May to be TIME Magazine Person of the Year – 33/1 (Betway)

Theresa May has been usurped as PM by Boris Johnson
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5) Tottenham Hotspur winning the Champions League – 25/1 (Sporting Bet)

Tottenham Hotspur only just missed out on the Champions League last season
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4) Wilfried Zaha to join West Ham United – 33/1 (Sky Bet)

The bubbles at West Ham suit the Ivory Coast international
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3) Curtis and Maura to win Love Island – 9/1 (Betfair)

The Love Island couple have failed to convince the nation
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2) Donald Trump to convert to Scientology – 25/1 (Paddy Power)

The President of the United States is a Presbyterian and lists the Bible as his favourite book
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1) Mauricio Pochettino replacing Unai Emery at Arsenal – 40/1 (Betfair)

The Argentine has been in charge of Spurs since 2014
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U.S. denies tariff exemption for China-made Buick Envision crossover SUV

5 Jun
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Automakers brace as Trump threatens imports from Mexico with tariffs

31 May
President Donald Trump (Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened to tax goods imported to the U.S. from Mexico with a 5% tariff beginning June 10 to curb illegal immigration. Trump announced the policy shift on Twitter, saying Mexico would need to curtail illegal immigrants flowing from Mexico to the U.S. or he would increase the tariffs by 5% every 90 days. ....at...

Six crazy things more likely than Burton winning the Carabao Cup, according to Oddschecker

23 Jan

If you think Leicester City had big odds before they won the Premier League title, it’s time to turn your attention to Burton Albion.

Nigel Clough’s side have been priced at a huge 10,000/1 to win the Carabao Cup, a huge figure with just four teams left in the competition.

They face the small task of overcoming a 9-0 deficit against Pep Guardiola’s champions first, which would be a miracle in itself.

Nigel Clough’s side need to overcome a 9-0 deficit against Man City to progress to the final

Clough himself has admitted just finding the back of the net once would be an impressive feat, he said: “It will be about little milestones, and pride of course. If we could get a goal then that would be a wonderful achievement.

“If one of our players could score against one of the best teams in Europe then that would be a milestone for us, and a wonderful individual milestone for whoever got a goal.”

And a Carabao Cup victory is so unlikely our friends at Oddschecker have priced up six bizarre occurrences that have smaller odds.

Here are their findings…


New Royal Baby to be named Donald – 500/1

Harry and Meghan are expecting their first child at the end of April or beginning of May. The Royal pair have been priced at just 500/1 to name their baby after the US President

This means the chances of having a Royal Baby Donald are 20x more likely than Burton winning the trophy.

Harry and Meghan’s child to be named Donald is  500/1

John Terry to be the next Manchester United boss – 275/1

JT is currently the assistant coach of Aston Villa but the Chelsea legend has been priced at 275/1 to take over the reigns at Old Trafford.

Crazier things have happened.

Chelsea legend John Terry is more likely to be named Man United boss than for Burton to pull of the unthinkable

Huddersfield winning the Premier League – 5,000/1

The Terriers have been priced at the same odds that Leicester were before they started their title winning campaign.

Yet still, according to Oddschecker the league’s bottom side stand a better chance of overcoming Liverpool and Manchester City than Burton have of Carabao Cup glory.

No pressure Jan Siewert.

Jan Siewert to guide Huddersfield to the league title is 5000/1

David Beckham to be the next James Bond – 500/1

This is one we can get behind. Who wouldn’t want to see Becks as 007?

The footballing icon is 20x more likely to be handed the role as Britain’s most famous spy than for Burton to claim cup glory.

Becks to be the new bond is 500/1

France to ask for the Statue of Liberty back – 200/1

Extraordinarily, France are priced at just 200/1 to ask America for their landmark back.

Not sure how they would transport the thing though, it’s huge.

France demaning the Statue of Liberty from the US is 200/1

Grant Holt winning WWE Men’s Royal Rumble – 10,000/1

The Norwich legend is currently training as a pro wrestler and incredibly has the biggest odds on this list.

There’s no reason why couldn’t he come up trumps at Wrestlemania. He’s done more incredible things with his right foot at Norwich.

Grant Holt to win Wrestlemania is the same price as Burton to win the EFL Cup

Wayne Rooney attends Donald Trump’s Christmas Party at the White House after being invited by football-mad son, Barron

13 Dec

Wayne Rooney and his family attended the White House children’s Christmas Party on Sunday night.

The Manchester United legend was invited by Donald Trump’s football-mad son, Barron, who is a huge fan of the former England captain.

Rooney poses at the White House Christmas Party

Rooney and his wife Coleen brought their four sons to the event in Washington DC.

The 33-year-old was reportedly personally invited by the president to the party, which was also attended by Ivanka and Vanessa Trump and their children.

Sources told The Sun that Wayne, Coleen, and their sons Kai, nine, Klay, five, Kit, two, and nine-month-old Cass were given a tour of Trump’s private quarters.

A source said: “Coleen and Wayne were stunned when they received a personal invite from Donald inviting them to the White House.

Barron Trump (far right) is a huge fan of Rooney and DC United

“It wasn’t political. For them this was a chance to go inside one of the most iconic buildings in the world and give their children this experience of being there for the Christmas party, which is always spectacular.

“They were also given a guided tour of President’s Trump’s private rooms but the Oval Office was off-limits.”

Rooney is currently enjoying something of an Indian summer this late in his career, scoring goals for fun in MLS with DC United.

After leaving Everton in the summer to venture across the pond, Rooney scored 12 goals and recorded six assists to lift the club from the bottom half into the Play-off places.

Despite his heroics, the minnows were unable to reach the fabled MLS Cup.

 

Trump threatens 25-percent tariff on imported cars

29 Nov
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NAFTA replacement USMCA could make Mexico-built cars more expensive

1 Oct
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Few automakers reported on self-driving car safety to White House

10 Sep
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Global trade war prompts Volvo to put brakes on its IPO

10 Sep
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